Kim Yideum

/South Korea, 1969
Kim Yideum

Kim Yideum (1969, South Korea) is an award-winning poet, novelist, and essayist. Her poetry collections include A Stain in the Shape of a Star (2005), Cheer up, Femme Fatale (2007), The Unspeakable Lover (2011), Song of Berlin, Dahlem (2013), Hysteria (2014), Drifting Black Hair (2017), Wearing a Non-drying T-shirt (2019) and Transparent Things and Nothings (2023). Her work has been adopted into a play (The Metamorphosis, 2014) and a flim (After School, 2015). Many of her books have been translated into English, including Hysteria (2019). Translated by Jake Levine, Hedgie Choi, and Soeun Seo, Hysteria was the first book translated from an Asian language to win the National Translation Award and the first book to ever win both the National Translation Award and the Lucien Stryk Prize.